4. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
After not having his most impressive game of the year against Penn State, J.K. Dobbins was an unstoppable force for the Ohio State Buckeyes as they thrashed rival Michigan in The Game on Saturday afternoon. Time and again, it felt as if Dobbins was just gashing the Wolverines defense every time the ball was in his hands and the stats tell that story as well.
Dobbins carried the ball 31 times for 211 yards and an incredible four touchdowns in the victory for OSU. Moreover, he caught two balls for 49 yards, just for good measure. Now with 1,657 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground supplemented by 200 receiving yards and two more scores, Dobbins may have been the Buckeye that has earned the nod to be a finalist.
3. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
In nasty weather and facing rival Minnesota on Saturday, Jonathan Taylor was actually not the heartbeat of the Wisconsin Badgers offense, something that we’ve rarely seen over his three years in Madison. Even when that’s the case, though, Taylor still has managed to find ways to be effective and make plays and that was indeed the case once again for the running back in the 38-17 triumph over the Golden Gophers.
Taylor found the end zone three times for the Badgers, rushing for two while going for 76 yards on 18 carries and then receiving another as he had 39 receiving yards on two catches. With 1,761 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns to go along with a career-high 201 receiving yards and five more scores, Taylor has finally earned his trip to New York City for the Heisman ceremony.